Saint Cloud State University: Thought Reform and Suppression of Free Speech
At Saint Cloud State University the campus newspaper, the University Chronicle quoted student Christopher Monson, who argued that a public university had obligations to public access and legal equality: it would be illegal not to allow such persons as credit card companies on campus, just as "not allowing blacks on campus" would be illegal. Four days later, SCSU President Suzanne Williams sent an e-mail message to the university community, writing that the student had made an "unfortunate analogy." The next day, President Williams announced, again by e-mail, that the offending student would be undergoing "sensitivity training" at the campus Multicultural Center. FIRE got involved and national publicity and widespread media coverage followed her statements. Williams then told the St. Cloud Times that she never recommended sensitivity training, which is blatantly untrue, and the case was dropped. Later that year, she stepped down as president of the university.
- "Bell Tolls for Suzie Williams (not the Liberty Bell); Lawless President to Leave St. Cloud," June 5, 2000: Interim President Suzie Williams of Saint Cloud State University, Minnesota will be stepping down at the end of this academic year. Her disregard for the First Amendment, due process, and free speech was egregious even by the sad standards of current American academic life.
- "Lawless University President Tramples the First Amendment," April 18, 2000: The president of St. Cloud State University was prosecutor, judge, and jury in an unconstitutional assault upon the free speech rights of an undergraduate student.
- "FIRE Challenges Campus Judicial System, Political Correctness Organization Seeks to Rectify Perceived Injustices,"
Dean & Provost, December 1, 2000
- "Defending Free Thought and Expression,"
by John Silber, Syndicated column, June 5, 2000
- "Righteous Idiocy,"
by Suzanne Fields, The Washington Times, May 11, 2000
- "Genocide in the Classroom,"
by Paul CraigRoberts, LewRockwell.com, May 4, 2000
- "Critics of Political Correctness Rise to Defense of Student Who Used Racial Analogy,"
by Nina Willdorf, The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 26, 2000